Hollywood Heavyweights Raise Money, Bring Films Alive At DSO

June 16, 2014

The soundtrack for generations of movie fans rang out in the Motor City over the weekend, played by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and conducted by iconic composer John Williams.

The 82-year-old has earned more Academy Awards nominations than anyone other than Walt Disney and wrote the scored films including Star Wars, Harry Potter and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

This weekend Williams joined the director of many of those films -- the legendary Steven Spielberg -- for a benefit that raised more than a million dollars for the DSO.

The President of the orchestra, Ann Parsons, told WDET’s Quinn Klinefelter the event was the result of Spielberg’s concern for a city facing tough financial times and Williams’ familiarity with the DSO…

(photos by Dawn Uhl-Zifilippo)

The Maestro rehearses with the DSO prior to the weekend performance. Here's an excerpt of the rehearsal, featuring the iconic theme from the movie "Jaws."

The finished product: John Williams music illustrates the images from Spielberg's masterpiece "Schindler's List."